Annual conference brings in $7.9 million in direct spending for Allegheny County and will leave behind a donation to South Hills Pet Rescue
PITTSBURGH – Anthrocon, Pittsburgh’s furry convention returns for the 13th consecutive year. The 22nd annual convention will take place July 5-8 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center with an estimated 8,000 in attendance.
Anthrocon’s theme for this year will be “Movie Monsters,” and the convention will attract attendees from more than 20 countries. One of this year’s highlights will be the fourth annual outdoor “Fursuit Walk” on Saturday, July 7. Approximately 2,000 “fursuiters” will parade around the outside of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center at 2 p.m. The parade is open to the public with media/photo opportunities available.
Following the parade, there will be a meet-and-greet session with the fursuiters held in Hall D of the convention center. The meet-and-greet will be open to the public.
“We are excited to welcome back Anthrocon for the 13th year as this convention continues to be a summer highlight in Pittsburgh,” said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH. “Since 2006, Anthrocon has contributed more than $61.3 million in direct spending to Pittsburgh. We thank the Anthrocon organizers for choosing Pittsburgh to host their convention.”
Also, since 2006, Anthrocon has raised more than $250,000 for animal-related charities in Pennsylvania, and this year it has selected the South Hills Pet Rescue in South Park as the charity it will support.
The Anthrocon convention brings together animators, artists, costumers, puppeteers and fans of cartoon animals to engage in workshops, seminars, costume-building, animation, writing and art design in a relaxed and welcoming setting.
As the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, VisitPITTSBURGH is dedicated to generating conventions, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.